The Beat Farmers on Letterman Show "Hideaway" (1991)





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Published on Aug 5, 2008

Here's a rare video clip of the Beat Farmers appearing on the Dave Letterman show. I believe the date on this show was June 14, 1991, the same night the band played at the Lone Star Roadhouse in New York City.

At the time, the Beat Farmers were Joey Harris, Jerry Raney, Country Dick Montana and Rolle 'Dexter' Love. As you watch this clip, you'll see that this isn't really the Beat Farmers performing per se, but the Beat Farmers playing with the Paul Shaffer band. Country Dick is playing the accordion, decked out in his duster coat and beer goggles. If you look closely, you can see that guitarist Jerry Raney (wearing sunglasses) is wearing an Ace bandage, as he had some some kind of hand injury that day, and uses his left hand to shake hands with Letterman after the song is over.

On this clip, Dave Letterman talks about how he wishes he could join the Beat Farmers if his TV gig ever falls apart.

I found a little article on the web written by Fred O'Hara & Lilia Marin that discusses the Letterman appearance:

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Joey (Harris) goes on talking about the Beat Farmers' media relations, "The story behind our appearance on the David Letterman show is that we were with still Curb records and we just released the live record Live, Loud, and Plowed. Our manager at the time got a call from the Letterman people who said `we have been looking for you guys for months, Curb Record says you are not with them anymore', when we were. It just goes to show how little they got involved in our careers. At first we felt we had to do something wild, because this was going to be a big shot on national TV. The word came back that David Letterman loved this song Hideaway. I still feel that doing King of Sleaze or something like that wold have been great, but they said no. Everyone really had a fun time during it.
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Gotta love these guys...


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